USPTO Awards Apple Trademark for "Lion"
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a trademark for "Lion."
The approved trademark gives Apple exclusive rights to using "Lion" spelled with a capital L followed by lowercase letters when referring to the company's "computer operating system and application development tool software." Apple originally applied for the trademark back in April of 2011.
Apple's trademark dreams extend to OS X Mountain Lion as well. Apple has applied for both "OS X Mountain Lion" and "Mountain Lion," neither of which the USPTO has approved. While the trademarks themselves are rather inconsequential (considering no one is going to release a new OS called Lion) Apple has showed in the past an penchent for defending their intellectual property. Cupertino sued Amazon last year for damages claiming they illegally used the term App Store.
However, Apple's most infamous name-related suit is their recently settled battle between Apple Corps, the Beatles' holding company and owner of the band's record label.
Thankfully the trademark only applies to operating systems an software. That'd make for some interesting discovery channel narration changes.